Graphene has many incredible physical properties that arise from its one-atom-thick carbon structure.
Graphene is superstrong and superconductive, and it has applications in everything from construction to electronics. But to date there have been almost no commercial uses of the material.
Methane can leak from pipelines, oil and gas wells, even burners on your stove.
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130 countries have signed a pledge to cut methane emissions by 30%. Success could have a swift impact on global warming.
It’s the first year that most drug arrests were not for marijuana possession.
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Arrest numbers reflect a nearly 40% decline from 2019, but the statistics come with some caveats.
Leafcutter ants cultivate fungus gardens that feed sprawling colonies.
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Over hundreds of million years of evolution, ants have come up with some pretty smart solutions to problems of agriculture, navigation and architecture. People could learn a thing or two.
Social Security benefits have lost their purchasing power as inflation has soared in 2022.
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Social Security is increasing benefits by 8.7%, beginning in January 2023, to offset the surging cost of living in the US.
As a material, bacteria’s ability to rapidly multiply and adapt to different conditions is an asset.
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The walls of your house could someday be built with living bacteria. Synthetic biologists are engineering microbes into living materials that are cheap and sustainable.
U.S. science policy can support anything from basic research to late-stage applications.
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The director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy plays a critical role in achieving the president’s science goals. Facilitating cooperation among the dozens of research agencies is key.
Researchers need to be careful not to contaminate ancient samples with their own DNA.
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Thousands of ancient genomes have been sequenced to date. A Nobel Prize highlights tremendous opportunities for aDNA, as well as challenges related to rapid growth, equity and misinformation.
Ian resulted in the deaths of at least 44 people in Florida and tens of billions of dollars in damage.
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Research on Hurricane Harvey found that flood insurance and strong social networks were key factors in determining how quickly people recovered, regardless of socioeconomic status.
Most national carbon border adjustments being considered target only manufactured goods.
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A new study shows what it would mean for Europe and China, and why the US might not be too excited about the idea.
The reduction in foreign-born workers is weighing on the economy.
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The immigration decline over the first two years of the coronavirus pandemic led to an annual 1.1% GDP reduction, an economist estimates.
An estimated 20 million people will see their balances drop to zero.
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Biden’s plan would provide up to $10,000 in relief for individuals who earn less than $125,000 a year, and $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients.
More wind turbines can increase renewable energy, but transmission lines are crucial, too.
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To put the $370 billion in subsidies to work, the US needs to build new infrastructure and manage a lot of regulatory hurdles.
Maywood Riverfront Park was built on the site of eight former industrial properties in Los Angeles County.
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Climate change is colliding with old factory sites where soil or water contamination still exist, and the most vulnerable populations are particularly at risk.
Many Americans reacted with outrage to the Supreme Court’s decision to dismantle the constitutional right to abortion.
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In contrast to their reaction to gay rights or the war in Ukraine, relatively few companies have openly criticized the Supreme Court ruling ending a constitutional right to abortion.
President Joe Biden authorized use of the Defense Production Act to ramp up production of several climate-friendly technologies.
Other presidents used the Defense Production Act to boost fossil fuel supplies. Biden is now using it to boost clean energy. But just ramping up production isn’t enough to succeed.
Muscovites rushed to buy furniture and other goods from IKEA before it closed its Russian stores.
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Over 300 companies so far have closed stores, reassigned staff or halted sales in Russia in the two weeks since the invasion began.
Pumps at a Shell fueling station in Tatarstan, Russia, Nov. 20, 2017.
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The world’s largest energy companies are used to doing business in risky places with difficult partners. But with war in Ukraine, preserving their reputations outweighs profits.
Together with artifacts from the past, ancient DNA can fill in details about our ancient ancestors.
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A new study doubles the age of ancient DNA in sub-Saharan Africa, revealing how people moved, mingled and had children together over the last 50,000 years.
Guy Stewart Callendar connected carbon dioxide concentrations with rising temperatures.
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His theory, based on years of detailed climate and weather data, became known as the Callendar Effect. Today we call it global warming.